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Having decided to make a commitment to this here running lark, I thought it was about time I got some proper running shoes (rather than the 10 year old Adidas cross trainers been using up to now :embarrassed: ) To that end I am off to a specialist running shop (Advance Performance in Peterborough if anyone has been there?) tomorrow to get sorted.

However, I mentioned this to my brother, who ran the FLM two years ago in a pair of Saucony trainers he bought online and he said "you don't need all that gait analysis rubbish to run 6 miles".

What do you guys think? Am I wasting my time and money??
 

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I would still definitely recommend it, as it will tell you whether you are a neutral runner or if you over/under pronate, if you have the wrong shoes you won't be receiving the correct support.

Also 6 miles may not appear to be a very long distance, but you may want to increase it in time.

Your trainers above anything else are your most important investment.
 

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I ran for just over a year in an old pair of trainers when I started, which was ok until I started to increase my milage.
That was when I started go get shin splint problems.

Went to a running shop where they studied my gate and sold me the appropriate shoes.

Some people may be lucky and have no problems,but I dont think I would be Running now if I hadn`t had it done.

Most shops don`t charge for the service,but would expect you to buy their shoes.

As for just running 6 miles,I`m sure your training will add up to hundreds of miles before you know it.

The actual race distance is of no consequence.
 

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You can get away in a pair of daps should you wish but for someone starting off I think the fact that you get looked at correctly and then a pair of trainers suited to your style (and feet) is a good thing.

My brother has started recently and I suggested to him that he got 'looked at' but he said .... rubbish blah blah, anyway to cut a long story short, after suffering nasty shin splints he got a proper pair of running trainers from a specialist shop and cannot believe the difference.

Go for it I say.
 

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GoSlow said:
Hi all, my brother, ran the FLM two years ago in a pair of Saucony trainers he bought online and he said "you don't need all that gait analysis rubbish to run 6 miles".
What do you guys think? Am I wasting my time and money??
Must confess, in my twenty years of running I've never had a gait analysis. But then, I mainly run off-road so I wear shoes with minimal mid-soles for a more positive grip on rough terrain. However, like your brother, I've worn Saucony Grid Jazz shoes for trails - and even wore them for a ten mile race when I found out at the last minute that part of the route was off-road. They were perfect. You could have a look at the Saucony Grid Jazz 7000 which wouldn't cost you the earth and would be perfectly suitable for either on or off-road running/training. Unlike your brother, I would never buy them on-line. Always try them on first and have a walk, or jog, around the shop to make sure they're OK.
My own opinion is that once you get into gait analysis they start 'discovering things' about your running style that call for 'stabilizing' or 'cushioning' etc. etc. which usually leads to them selling you a much more expensive shoe that isn't always necessary.

Cheers!
 

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I don't know Runningfox most specialist running shops are quite reasonable its in their best interst to keep you as a customer.
 

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I don't know Runningfox most specialist running shops are quite reasonable its in their best interst to keep you as a customer.
Aye, you could be right SE. As I said, I've never had it done, and never felt the need to. When I started running late in life I thought it neither necessary nor wise to change the mechanics of my foot plant. So far, so good.
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The way I would look at it is that for the sake of an hour or so of your time it will at least give you more information about yourself and you will be able to make a more informed decision.Many shops don't charge for a gate analysis and no one is going to force you to part with your cash,they wil offer advice.SE's right it wouldn't be in there interest to sell you a product that you don't need.
As Dave said, 6 miles isn't all you will be doing. If you run 2 or 3 times a week it soon builds up.
You may up your daily mileage in the future too.As TT said.
Sorry if all I have done is quote other people on this thread! If so many are saying the same thing then there is probably something worth considering .
 

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The way I would look at it is - As Dave said, 6 miles isn't all you will be doing. If you run 2 or 3 times a week it soon builds up. You may up your daily mileage in the future too.
And the way I look at it is - after 29,000 miles + of running I've had absolutely no need for gait analysis. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones. Or on the other hand my lack of injuries could more probably be associated with hardly ever running on tarmac (other than racing) and not being a heel striker.
Cheers!
 

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And the way I look at it is - after 29,000 miles + of running I've had absolutely no need for gait analysis. Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones. Or on the other hand my lack of injuries could more probably be associated with hardly ever running on tarmac (other than racing) and not being a heel striker.
Cheers!

Who knows RF?
The main thing is that you have stayed injury free as have many that believe in gate analysis.If it gives people peace of mind thats something.To have the option to make an informed decision is a good thing.Any information that you can gain about yourself can only keep your mind focused on improvement I would say.
 

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Thanks everyone! Looks like the majority think it's worth a go!

Being a townie, I do all my running on either the treadmill or the pavements (barring the odd lap of the park) so might not get away with it as runningfox has done!

Will let you know how I get on, anyway.
 

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Having been a gait analyst for a certain shoe brand for 4+ years (not any more!!), I would heartily recommend it. The number of people I have seen since who have been grateful for becoming injury-free is very satisfying.
Not everyone needs gait analysis, but it's useful to have that knowledge. Having worked with over 70 different running stores throughout the UK, only one or two would sell you a shoe that isn't suitable. The rest are generally pretty good and want to retain your custom
 

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Personally I think it's worthwhile. I started out using an old pair of trainers that were lying around and found that I started suffering with some knee pain.

I went to get my gait analysed, bought the shoes that the guy in the shop recommended and have not had any problems since :d

Another thing I found made a difference was getting some proper socks to run in. Even with my old shoes the new socks made a real difference when I started using them.
 

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I went to Advance in Peterborough and they were excellent. Was duly analysed and found to be overpronating on left foot (but not right!) and somewhat embarrassed to find that the trainers I was wearing were not only rubbish but also two sizes too small :embarrassed: Anyway, have got a smashing new pair of Mizuna Wave Alchemy 6, if that means anything to anyone. Was pleased with the name as I understand alchemists turn lead into gold so there may even be hope for my feet!!

Thanks for all your input - much appreciated!
 

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hi all, hopfully am not too late for this thread, i wondered if theres a shop that does gait analysed in the south west/ taunton/ exeter way if anyone knows of a good shop or pm me. Thanks all
 

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Ironbridge Runner - the shop doesn't actually do gait analysis but the clinic next door does and charges £20 for an half hour asessment for a shoe prescription. Otherwise the shop assistant will look at your old shoes and your feet.

In Taunton there is Running Forever on Station Road. I don't think they have a treadmill but when I was in there someone was buying new shoes and they allowed him to run in them on the pavement outside the shop.

There is a Sweatsop and Easy Runner in Bristol and the Running Guide in Torquay but they are probably too far for you.
 

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Theres one in Bath .. I had my analysis there last week.. think its called 'Running Bath' or something similar.. very helpfull
 
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